Out This Week 8/18


The summer releases are starting to heat up again. This week, there’s a strong showing from the Pacific Northwest from The Cave Singers, who will be performing during KEXP’s broadcast from the Bumbershoot Music Lounge on Labor Day weekend, and Portland band Ramona Falls, who will be live on KEXP next Friday (8/28). NW label Sup Pop is unrolling Pissed Jeans, and Anacortes, WA, project Mount Eerie ascends with Wind’s Poem. Among the must-buys this week are several by excellent male songwriters who defy the “singer/songwriter” stereotype: Brendan Benson, whose guitar playing and singing in The Raconteurs, for many people, surpasses Jack White’s; Jack Penate, whose upbeat pop songs belie offbeat vocals and subversive lyrics; Jay Reatard, who’s been cranking out scuzzy garage/punk guitar rock like nobody’s business while also continually refining his sound; and Joe Henry, whose superior songwriting is surpassed only, and just barely, by his Grammy winning work as a producer.

Folky weirdos should take note of the latest from Six Organs of Admittance and the debut of Denmark’s Choir of Young Believers. Also of note, Madrid’s DePedro, the project of Jairo Zavala, who’s been touring regularly and performing with Calexico. Check out the rest of the list at Largehearted Boy, but not before sampling these:

Brendan Benson – A Whole Lot Better (MP3)
from My Old Familiar Friend on ATO Records

The Cave Singers – At the Cut (MP3)
from Welcome Joy on Matador Records

Choir of Young Believers – Action/Reaction (MP3)
from This Is For The White In Your Eyes on Ghostly International

Choo Choo La Rouge – It’s Gonna Happen Fast (MP3)
from Black Clouds on Kiam Records

Decoder Ring – Beat the Twilight (MP3)
from They Blind the Stars, and the Wild Team (self-released)

Delfields – Fawn Fight (MP3)
from Ogres (self-released)

DePedro – Don’t Leave Me Now (MP3)
from DePedro on Nat Geo Music

Farmer Dave Scher – Bab’lone Nights (MP3)
from Flash Forward to the Good Nights on Kemado

Joe Henry – Death to the Storm (MP3)
from Blood From Stars on Anti Records

The Lovely Feathers – Lowiza
from Fantasy of the Lot on Sparks Music

Jeff Merchant – Crazy Ship (MP3)
from City Makes No Sound on Merchy Music

Mount Eerie – Stone’s Ode (MP3)
from Wind’s Poem on P.W. Elverum & Sun

Jack Penate – Tonight’s Today (MP3)
from Everything Is New on XL

Pissed Jeans – False Jesli Part 2 (MP3)
from King of Jeans on Sub Pop

Ramona Falls – Russia (MP3)
from Intuit on Barsuk

Jay Reatard – Wounded (MP3)
from Watch Me Fall on Matador Records

Six Organs of Admittance – The Ballad of Charley Harper (MP3)
from Luminous Night on Drag City

Slow Claw – Everybody (MP3)
from Grandfather Clocks (self-released)

tUnE-yArDs – Sunlight (MP3)
from BiRd-BrAiNs on 4AD

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